A woman has avoided going on trial for sexual assault after accepting a caution for slapping a man’s bottom on a night out.
Hannah Phillips had been facing a crown court hearing over the charge that allegedly led to a brawl involving two of her friends.
The 20-year-old had been clubbing in Portsmouth with two other women and was outside a venue at the time of the incident.
A previous court hearing was told when the man’s girlfriend objected, she was attacked by Scarlett Bareham and Fiona Hoyle, both 19, and kicked and punched her until she was unconscious.
The charge against Phillips said she ‘intentionally touched a man aged 16 or over and that touching was sexual when he did not consent and you did not reasonably believe that he was consenting’.
She was due in court over the August 5 incident but will now face no further action.
The case was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service after the court was told that Phillips, of Havant, had been given a conditional caution.
Two other women, both aged 19, have also been charged in connection with the incident at the Portsmouth nightclub and are still due to stand trial.
Bareham and Hoyle are accused of affray over the incident with Bareham, from Havant, also facing a charge of sexual assault.
Hoyle, from Southsea, is also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Both defendants entered no pleas to the charges at an earlier hearing.
The case was sent to Portsmouth Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on September 20.
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